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What To Do When You’ve Drowned

Exhausted from lack of sleep and an afternoon in the Texas summer sun, I pushed my now-sleeping newborn around the edge of the pool in his stroller. My kids splashed and giggled in the water as they helped clean up all their toys. One by one, they chucked things out of the water—a water gun […]

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Psst…I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

It’s something that every writer knows, so perhaps it’s not too secret. But here it is: Writing is really, really hard. Painful, really. We agonize (true agony, I tell you!) over each letter. Each word. Each word combo. Each comma. (Should it even be a comma? Or would a period be best there? Maybe it […]

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Why You Need To Hold The Sauce

Thursday means one thing at our house. Pizza. I won’t say how long we’ve held the tradition of grabbing a greasy pizza once a week—that’d be too embarrassing—but I will say it has been such a beloved, time-tested tradition in our family that one of my son’s first words was ‘pizza’. Back then, he hung […]

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You Rule

I have four children. Three of whom know my name. The fourth is too young to have words, but she knows my face and, to her, my name sounds more like screaming bloody murder. The older three, however, have mastered the short, one-syllable word. Mom. They have become so adept at this name, that for […]

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How Do You Treat The Person Who’s Always There?

I do not exist. At least, that’s how I feel most days. My older kids have entered this fun, new stage where their ears have become deaf to the sound of my voice. It’s as though my words are nothing but the wind. I could scream that the house was on fire and they’d still […]

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